Human Molecular Genetics
Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
11 August 2023
Requisites for this module
BS221 or BS222
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year)
This module will examine variations in genome sequence and structure in human populations, and consider the evidence for selection in human populations. Consider the evolution of the X chromosome and its regulation by the process of X-inactivation.
This module will also investigate the significance of imprinting, nutrition and epigenetics in human disease and ageing.
The aim of this module is:
- To explore a range of topics in human genetics and give a research based research-based view of recent developments in the field.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Explain the structure and evolutionary origins of the human genome, and the variation observed in human populations.
- Understand the inheritance and underlying mechanisms of simple and complex human genetic traits and diseases.
- Explain the roles non-coding RNAs play in regulating gene expression and developmental processes, in health and disease.
- Discuss the molecular mechanisms, and importance and approaches analysing of epigenetics, epigenomics and imprinting.
- Discuss evolutionary aspects and molecular mechanisms of Human Ageing, related genetics and interventions.
- Demonstrate competence in the analysis and interpretation of data and in the written communication of information.
The study of Human Genetics is one of the fastest moving areas of scientific research today. Get to know some important emerging themes from the human genome sequence into the emerging fields of epigenetics, epigenomics, environment-genome interactions, and non-coding RNAs.
This module will be delivered via:
- Eighteen 1-hour lectures.
- One revision class before the summer exam
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period)
||Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Charalampos Rallis, email: email@example.com.
Dr Charalampos Rallis, Dr Vladimir Teif, Dr Ben Skinner, Dr Patrick Varga-Weisz
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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